Delhi: Captain Varun Singh, the only survivor of the accident of the 8th December Mi-17V5 chopper crash passed away on Wednesday morning after battling with life for one week. The captain passed away in Bengaluru at the Air Force Command Hospital. In this accident 13 people including defense staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and his wife were dead at the accident spot. Only life was in captain Varun Singh.
The IAF (Indian Air Force) has informed about the news of brave heart Group Captain Varun Singh passing away on Twitter. With a heartfelt sentence they wrote, “The IAF offers sincere condolences and stands firmly with the bereaved family.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid his condole on Twitter. He has written, “Group Captain Varun Singh served the nation with pride, valor, and utmost professionalism. I am extremely anguished by his passing away. His rich service to the nation will never be forgotten. Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti.”
Group Captain Varun Singh served the nation with pride, valour and utmost professionalism. I am extremely anguished by his passing away. His rich service to the nation will never be forgotten. Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 15, 2021
After knowing Varun Singh’s demise Rajnath Singh, the Defence Minister also tweeted, “He was a true fighter who fought till his last breath. My thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family and friends. We stand firmly with the family, in this hour of grief.”
As the son of an army officer earlier this year Singh was awarded Shaurya Chakra for his presence of mind and for showing outstanding courage during handling a mid-air crisis due to the failure of cockpit pressurization at high altitude. It was Involving a light combat aircraft (LCA) that was flown by him the last year on 12th October.
He got the award Shaurya Chakra, India’s third-highest peacetime gallantry medal from President Ram Nath Kovind on independence day, 2021. At that time he was a wing commander.
After being awarded Singh wrote a letter to the principal of his educational institution Army Public School in Chandimandir to give thank the school and all the teachers for their proper guidance and mentorship during his formative years.
He wrote in this letter, “I credit this prestigious award to all those I have been associated with over the years in school, the National Defence Academy, and thereafter the Indian Air Force, as I firmly believe that my actions that day were a result of the grooming and mentoring by my teachers, instructors, and peers over the years.”